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This workshop is suitable for beginners who would like to get more out of their digital camera and improve their photography. This 1 day workshop is hands-on and is suitable for any digital camera with creative auto modes (e.g. Landscape, Close Up, Portrait, Sport etc.).

At this workshop you’ll learn how to:

  • find easy ways to use your camera and understand the menus
  • choose which mode is best for different types of photo
  • improve your composition to create image with more impact
  • choose the correct image quality and memory card
  • store your images safely
  • use simple editing techniques to transform your images

You’ll get the opportunity to put into practice what you learn by taking a variety of photographs and reviewing them afterwards.

The workshop will be broken down as follows:

Morning Session
This is classroom based and once we have  been through the introductions we will explore the different camera settings that are available on your camera and what lies behind the Creative Auto functions.
We will discuss a number of techniques to enable you to compose images more effectively, and how each of the modes can be used more creatively.  This will involve practical sessions with the class.
We will also look at what other equipment you might need, like memory cards, card readers, storage and software etc.

After Lunch
We will venture outside for you to put into practice what you have learned.
About 1 hour will be allocated for you to wander around and take some images with a brief you have been given.
Back in the classroom we will look at some of the images you have taken and look at some simple editing techniques.

Finally we will discuss what you have learnt and where to go next

Dates: TBA

Cost: £50

Cost includes:
Tuition, plus course notes plus follow-up email and advice via website. Tea/coffee morning/afternoon breaks will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch or food may be purchased from the venue.
The workshop starts at 9.30am and finishes at 3.00pm
Group size:
Maximum 6 photographers
Fitness level:
No specific level of fitness is required to join this course, however weather permitting there will be the opportunity to take some outdoor shots therefore suitable outdoor clothing should be brought along.
Most venues are fully accessible and suitable for wheelchair users. Venues without access will be flagged up in the booking details.
Equipment needed:
Any digital camera with creative shooting modes e.g: Landscape, Close Up, Portrait, Sport etc that will look like the symbols below (the ones on your camera may differ slightly).


Creative mode symbols


If your camera has the facility to set Aperture (look for the ‘A’ or ‘AV’ on the mode dial – see image),  you may prefer our W2 Workshop DSLR Starter  to learn how to take full control of your images usinmg more advanced settings.